For an urban campus, BU is a remarkably safe place to attend school and work. But we are not immune from thefts and other crimes. On October 31, our office invited BU Police Sergeant Jefferey Burke, a trained instructor in BU’s Rape Awareness Defense (RAD) program, to provide general safety tips, and to discuss the RAD program. For emergencies, you can call the BU Police Department at 617/353-2121. You also can text that department with any public safety concerns by texting tip411 (847411, keyword BU). BUPD also has a laptop registration program to deter thefts and helps retrieve lost or stolen laptops. To register, contact Officer Peter Shin at 617/358-1843 or firstname.lastname@example.org; registration is by appointment only.
Some general safety tips:
-Don’t leave your personal belongings, such as laptops, backpacks, etc., unattended, even for a minute! If you leave the Tower to get coffee, be sure to take your belongings with you.
-Always pay attention to your surroundings when you are walking. Don’t look down at your cell phone or text while walking! Sgt. Burke noted that many perpetrators look for people who are looking down and not paying attention. You also risk being hit by a car or a bicycle.
-BU has an Escort Security Service, run by BU students, who will walk with you on campus as needed.
-Look for blue light phone boxes around campus, including by the law school. You can use them for emergencies.
Sgt. Burke also demonstrated some basic self-defense techniques, and discussed BU’s RAD program. This program, which costs BU students $10, is for women who want to physically protect themselves against rape and other forms of violence. The 16 or 20 hour course, offered over several sessions, is taught by certified BUPD RAD instructors. The course covers awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and basic self-defense techniques. It also offers a Keychain Defense Option. All participants are in padded gear and videotaped for review. RAD is taught throughout the US and Canada. All students receive a lifetime free return and practice policy.
We hope you’ll consider signing up for the spring program!